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Stockshow enjoys great weather

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Photo by Carolyn B. Edwards
It's not all animals at the Bandera County Junior Livestock show. This monster go kart mower looks like it came right out of Mad Max, but it was created by one of Bandera County's talented young people. The muscle machine was just one of many entries in the ag mechanics division which featured furniture, fire pits, ranch equipment and more.

Friends and family can always be counted on to show up in support of the stockshow participants.

The Dexter class continues to grow with more entries every year.

Ahhh. The good life of a pig with nothing to do but wait for his turn in the show ring.

The best rabbits at the show wait patiently for the judge's decision, while their owners do an excellent job of presentation.

This water fountain from the ag mechanics projects displayed a fine talent for cutting and welding. It will no doubt be an eye-catching feature in someone's backyard after the stockshow.

The weather couldn't have been better as the sun shown on the 80th annual Bandera County Junior Livestock Show, held Thursday, Jan. 7, through Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Mansfield Park Showbarn.
Over 500 4H and FFA members from all over the county participated in this year's event. As always, it's a chance to see the best kids in the area showing off the results of months of work with their animals and projects.
Chickens are fluffed up; cattle are brushed, curled and hairsprayed; pigs are scrubbed; and goats and sheep are clipped and polished. Anxious parents and grandparents filled the stands to await the judges' decisions.
Volunteers work behind the scenes to make sure the concession stand operates properly, results are tabulated, and the barn pens are arranged and re-arranged multiple times to make the show move smoothly.
It's a great place to meet old friends, because, as it turns out, almost everyone in Bandera County knows and supports a kid who participates in the show.
The Courier will have all the winners and photos in our special stockshow edition next week.
Planning a successful show is an all-year-long activity. You can help by becoming a member of the Junior Livestock Show Association. Contact Kevin Meier, president, at 210-260-8224 or Jim Mangold, treasurer at 210-215-1984.